Football team gets win over L-A as Tuohy rushes for 200+ yards

Seth Allen intercepts a Rushford-Peterson pass near the Cardinals end zone. Chatfield defender Ben Brogan (2) helped on the play. SAM CLEMENT/CHATFIELD NEWS
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It wasn’t the Gage Tuohy show last Friday night, but he did carry the football 37 of the 53 times that Chatfield rushed the ball in the 18-13 win over Lewiston-Altura Friday.  And in the process of those 37 carries he picked up 207 yards. 

Tuohy now has 873 yards in the team’s first six games, well on his way to a 1,000-yard season.  He has carried the ball a total of 140 times, averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

And while Tuohy was carrying the ball on the offensive-side, the Chatfield defense was shutting down the Cardinal rushers, and holding them to just 58 yards on 22 carries, 2.6 yards per carry.

In the passing department, L-A fared a bit better, coming up with 194 yards (12/25) to Chatfield’s 33 yards (4/8).  Reid Johnson was the quarterback on record of those four completions.  On the receiving end of the passes were Carson Larrabee (1/-1 yds) and Ben Brogan (3/26).  Johnson’s longest completion was for 16 yards to Brogan, which was also Brogan’s longest reception.

Also carrying the ball for the Gophers were Chance Backer (4c/40 yds), Johnson (1c/1 yd) and Larrabee (11c, 59 yds).  Larrabee had all three of Chatfield’s touchdowns, on runs of 1 yard (2Q, 5:56), 16 yds (3Q, 9:58) and 20 yds (4Q, 2:51/2:45, depending on when you looked at the clock after the score).  Chatfield did not convert any extra-point attempts.

Lewiston-Altura got on the board first with a score on its first possession at the 7:28 mark of the first quarter.  The Gophers cut the lead to one, 6-7, with an 11-play drive in the second quarter.  Seven of the plays were runs by Tuohy, three runs by Larrabee and a pass to Brogan.  The first half ended on a hook and ladder by Chatfield, a six-yard pass to Brogan and a three-yard run by Max Aug.  Larrabee had a nice tackle-for-loss on L-A’s last possession in the first half, forcing the Cardinals into a fourth-and-long situation.

Nathan Goldsmith recovered a L-A fumble on the second-half kickoff, giving Chatfield great field position on the Cardinal 45 yard line.  The Gophers took full advantage of the L-A miscue and scored in six plays to take the lead at 12-7.  In the drive Tuohy carried the ball four times (23 yards), Backer once (six yds) and Larrabee, one carry (16 yds), for the TD.  

Seth Allen came up with an interception on Lewiston-Altura’s next possession.  The Cardinals were driving and Allen got the pick-off on their own one-yard line.  A couple of series’ later, Allen came up with another great play, a pass deflection, giving the ball back to Chatfield on its own 18-yard line.  Chatfield couldn’t move the ball and was forced to punt to L-A. 

After the punt, L-A scored on a freak series of plays; a 47-yard pass completion (Marcus Weaver to Hunter Gerdes), fumble by the receiver, and picked up by a L-A player (Kolton Riser) who ran the ball into the end zone.  L-A took the lead, 13-12, with 4:37 to play in the game.

Now the focus turns back to the Chatfield offense.  And once again the offensive line and the running of Backer, Tuohy and Larrabee got to work.  Five plays and 80 yards later, Chatfield regained the lead, 18-13.  The 20-yard TD run by Larrabee came with 2:45 to go in the game.

The final 2:37 of the game played out like this: completed pass for L-A with a new quarterback (Gunner Reed) netted -2 yards; an interception by Brogan with 1:56 to go in the game; four running plays by Chatfield, which cut 1:38 off the clock; with 0:18.1 left, an incomplete pass by L-A; and finally, a quarterback sack by Backer to end the game and preserve the 18-13 win for the Gophers.

 “I don't really have much for comments,” said coach Jeff Johnson.  “Team stayed the course and pulled it out.”

Leading the way on defense were Gage Tuohy (four solo tackles, three assisted tackles, one pass breakup), Chance Backer (5s, 3a, 1 sack, 1pb), Carson Larrabee (3s,5a, 1 sack), Nathan Goldsmith (4s,2a, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery), Seth Allen (2s,1a, 1 INT, one pb, one tackle for loss), Ben Brogan (1s,1a, 1 INT, 1 pb), Ben Roline (2a, 1 sack, 1tfl), Zach Roline (1s,3a), Corey Ericson (1s), Tate Karver (1s), Jack Tuohy (1s) and Austin Koenigs (1s, tfl). 

Scoring by quarters

Chatfield                  0-6-6-6 = 18

Lewiston-Altura 7-0-0-6 = 13

Team stats             

                                    Chatfield                                  Lewiston-Altura

First downs             16                                               9

Rushing                    53 carries, 307 yds              22 carries, 58 yds

                                    3 TD’s, 0 fum. lost                2 TD’s, 0 fum. lost

Passing                    4/8, 33 yds                              12/25, 194 yds

                                    0 TD’s, 0 INT                           2 TD’s, 2 INT’s

Total offense          61 plays, 340 yds                 47 plays, 252 yds

                                    3 TD’s, 0 turnovers              2 TD’s, 2 turnovers

Special teams        OK                                              1 fumble lost

                                                                                        3 total turnovers

Penalties                 3, 40 yds                                  2, 11.5 yds

Friday night Chatfield will travel to play St. Charles.  The Saints are 6-0 for the season and Chatfield is 5-1.